October 2, 2013 |
Ice3 owner Erika Stone-Miller isn't interested in serving ice cream during the winter, so she's put her food truck in storage and is preparing to open The Octagon Mode in Ravenswood on Oct. 11. Not a traditional restaurant, the space at 1509 W. Lawrence Ave. will host dinner parties several times a week, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, where about 12 to 18 people will mingle and dine at communal tables. "This kind of dinner is for people who want to be social," Stone-Miller said.
January 20, 2012 |
Jam 3057 W. Logan Blvd. 773-292-6011 Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Rating: !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start Telling your friends, "I'm going to Jam in Logan Square," sounds like you're going to some kind of underground concert. But the Jam I'm talking about is the beloved BYOB breakfast and lunch restaurant that drew rabid weekend crowds in its previous (now closed) location in Ukrainian Village. A new location opened to the public on Monday just off the Blue Line in Logan Square.
February 7, 2012 |
Surf and turf for less than $30? For thousands of hungry diners looking to try a new restaurant on a budget, that's the appeal of Chicago Restaurant Week. Organized by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, the fifth annual event runs Feb. 17-26 and enlists participating restaurants - more than 200 in the city and suburbs this year - to offer a three-course lunch for $22, three-course dinner for $33 or an upgraded dinner option for $44 (tax, gratuity and beverages not included). But with so many participating restaurants, it can be hard to navigate.
March 22, 2013 |
EAT The Old Farm Pop-Up Dinner Leopold 1450 W. Chicago Ave. 312-348-1028 Toast the new week with a Koval Distillery cocktail reception; then, move into a multi-course dinner featuring sunny-side quail eggs with duck fat biscuit and sweetbread gravy, venison with sunchoke, juniper and dandelion greens and more prepared with Koval spirits. A post-dinner toast with chef Michael Dean Reynolds and guest chef Brian Runge (formerly of Premise) concludes the evening.
November 21, 2012 |
Here's how some Chicago colleges are celebrating Thanksgiving students who remain on campus. Columbia College: Columbia will participate in the Thanksgiving Fellowship program run by the International House at the University of Chicago for eight international students to spend their Thanksgiving holiday with an American family in Southern Illinois. Northwestern University is also doing a similar program called Host an International, where university staff, faculty and students open their homes to international students on Thanksgiving.
January 17, 2013 |
University of Chicago freshman and "tentative" economics major Robert Lipman has the same time and financial constraints as any other college student attending a demanding university, but he still finds time to cook gourmet-style meals for his fellow students at an underground restaurant he started in the fall. Once a month, 19-year-old Lipman is the lead chef at The Hearth, preparing elaborate, multi-course meals modeled after recipes from his favorite award-winning restaurants, with menus planned around specific themes.